The Fairs – from the inside, out…

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Written by Georgia Widdowson, Psychology placement student.

“Don’t miss the Part- time jobs fair tomorrow…”,
“Do you want to find a job whilst studying?”,
“Georgia, you don’t want to miss out…”

After receiving what feels like a life time of emails – similar to the above – promoting Job fairs, volunteering opportunities and undergraduate roles which will make us ‘more employable’ I thought, “Do you know what, I think I’ll take a rain check this year.”

Well, now I am kicking myself for closing a door to opportunities I had never opened my eyes to in the first place. I would always think “How is this actually going to help me? Companies won’t choose me. Employers won’t want to work around my busy University schedule.” But, I was wrong. Being on placement in the Careers Team has enabled me to experience University job fairs from the ‘inside’, where I have got my hands dirty with tasks. I now see why fairs are so important to get stand out work experience as a student. Attending a careers fair isn’t scary, its set up for us, SHU students.

Taking an undercover role as a staff member at SHU has forced me to take my fingers out my ears and listen to what employers can offer us. They DO want to help us. If I’d have never taken up a work placement role at the University careers and employability team, then the skills which I have learnt would still be buried under a towering pile of ‘denial’. I have uncovered abilities I’d never have the self-confidence to develop.

When I first arrived at my work placement, I was gobsmacked by how much work goes into the creation of job fairs for us students. The team do everything possible to help us and all the work that goes into fairs is solely with the benefit of students in mind. Without sounding biased the fairs amazing! Some quotes below from students at the recent Work While You Study Fairs can give you a bit of insight into exactly why job fairs are a must to attend…

            “Great variety and there a few companies here which I am definitely going to sign up to! There are opportunities here I didn’t think we could get involved with and get paid for.”

“Really good to be able to talk to employers in person as it’s easier to ‘sell’ yourself face to face rather than over your CV.”

            “It has been excellent! It made finding a job so easy! Everyone was really helpful.”

            “It was good because there are companies here that I wouldn’t think of applying for, so it was great to have some variety!”

These are just handful of student quotes which undoubtedly highlight how valuable, helpful, fun and eye-opening the careers fairs are!

However, I had to save the best until last…

            “We LOVE it! Loads of fun jobs and opportunities- I have signed up everywhere!”

This student was beaming like a Cheshire cat and was so enthusiastic and excited it was as if someone had told her she had landed a dream date. This really made me giggle and reminded me what exciting and interesting opportunities are handed to us at this University – we shouldn’t take them for granted!

So, when the next fairs come around,  don’t be a hermit and exchange Netflix for job finding. Find and drag yourself and your mates on campus and get involved! Whether this is talking to employers, taking leaflets or better yet, signing up to a job or volunteering opportunity! It doesn’t matter if you don’t find an opportunity; at least you got yourself out there! There’s no harm in trying and excelling yourself.

All I can think now is “I am so glad I decided to do a work placement! I’m a new ‘strong, independent woman’ who can achieve anything thrown her way!

Everything you need to know before the Hallam Careers Fair

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Post by Sam Burton, BA Journalism student

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Employers from across the nation will be coming to Sheffield Hallam University next week for its first Careers Fair of the academic year.

A great opportunity to meet some leading employers and have a clearer view of what happens after university. To help you prepare Gradtime has all the details, expert tips, and trade secrets you need.

The fair will be at 11am – 3pm on Thursday 26th October. Almost 150 employers will fill several locations across the city campus including: The Careers & Employability Centre, Hallam Hall, Hallam Central, Heartspace, Cantor Building, and Hertha Ayrton Building.

“This will be an amazing chance to find out about a wide range of opportunities,” says Maggie Bamford – employability adviser for Photography, PR, Media and Journalism students. “They will be here to talk about graduate vacancies, placements and internships. You can find out about things you may already be interested in and also opportunities that you didn’t know existed.”

“There will be some recent graduates who were in the same position as you not so long ago, who are now working and can tell you about why they chose those companies and give advice about how to search for jobs and make successful applications.”

On the list of companies to impress at the fair is Asda, Royal Air Force, Citrix, IBM, Royal Mail, and many more organisations from across many industries.

For a full list of the companies attending, as well as directions to the fair click here.

“Build your confidence by speaking to employers who interest you less initially, and then approach your favourites”

According to Prospects.ac.uk, employers are most looking for leadership skills, good communication, planning and research skills, resilience, self-management, team working skills, and work experience.

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“A positive attitude, being polite and a friendly manner, all this and knowing something about the organisation is a huge advantage,” Bamford adds, “employers are interested in students, they are giving up their time and it costs them money to come here, so try to have something interesting to say to them.”

Before coming to the fair, Kent Roach, a careers and employability consultant at Hallam University, said students should “update their CVs and cover letters and prepare their elevator pitch. Just a 30-60 seconds speech on you, your key selling points and the role/sector you are interested in.”

And on the actual day “Present yourself well, dress comfortably but smart and professional. A smile, good eye contact and a hand shake is all you need to introduce yourself to an employer. A good starter is your name, year and subject. Tell them why you might want to work for them. Be ready with your elevator pitch”

If you don’t feel confident about approaching employers “build your confidence by speaking to employers who interest you less initially, and then approach your favourites,” said Bamford, “or attend preparatory events such as ‘I want to be more confident to talk to employers at the careers fairs’.”

You can search for workshops by clicking here.

Disability Confident Employers

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Sheffield Hallam University is proud to be a Disability Confident employer

Sheffield Hallam’s Careers and Employability Service recognises some of the employers taking action to increase diversity in their workforce

With over 31,000 students Sheffield Hallam University is the 7th largest university in the UK. We have a diverse student population that reflects the make- up of many major cities. It is essential therefore that we encourage employers who make a public commitment to reflect our diverse society in their workforce to attend our recruitment fair. One of these commitments is to the disability-confident-campaign

Ten of our visiting employers have pledged a commitment to their current and potential employees. An example of some pledges include – supporting positive and inclusive recruitment  –  being offered interviews. This is great news to the 12% of Sheffield Hallam students who have a long term medical condition or disability who feel encouraged to apply to such companies.

The ‘disability confident’ employers attending are: 3Squared, Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd, EY,Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Millbrook Venues, PKF Cooper Parry, QHotels, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Finance Department, Twinkl Educational Publishing. The Fair Guide for students will identify this charter.

Lisa Cameron from EY explains why it makes business sense for them to reflect and take action to support employees with disabilities.

Employers attending the recruitment Fair on 26th October can find out more about this scheme and others that help promote diversity in employment from the Careers and Employability Service.

Karen Allan, Sheffield Careers and Employability Service 16/10/17

Come to our careers fair on Thursday 23rd March

With our Spring Fair taking place on Thursday 23rd March, this is your chance to meet with dozens of local, national and international employers who are offering graduate recruitment, internship and placement opportunities.

If you want to hear five great reasons why you should attend our careers fair, have a look at the video below:

To book your attendance at the fair, please click here.

If you’re already attending, then here’s some great student tips on how to prepare for the fair!

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 23rd March between 11am – 3pm in Hallam Hall and the Careers and Employability Centre.

Come along and join us for a week of fun events and meet the Careers and Employability Team

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Careers Welcome Week

Monday 19th September – Freebie Fair (The Hubs 1 – 5pm)

We will be at the Students’ Union Freebie fair, so come and see us to find out what we can do for you, from helping you find a part time job to creating a winning CV! And of course pick up some freebies!

Tuesday 20th September – All the Fun of the ‘Careers’ Fair (Hallam Sq 11am – 2pm

Take part in Fairground stall games, win prizes and enter competitions.

Wednesday 21st September – Careers Market Place (Careers & Employability Centre 11am – 2pm)

Come along to our Careers Market place to meet the people that are here to support you during your time at University and see what the Careers & Employability Service has to offer you from your very first day through to graduation! Have a chat and eat some cake!

Thursday 22nd September – Volunteering Fair (The Hubs 1 – 5pm)

We will also be at the Students’ Union Volunteering fair, so come along and meet us to find out how we can support you in finding and gaining volunteering opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

Friday 23rd September – Collegiate Fresher’s Fair (Heart of the Campus 10am – 3pm)

A combination of our events earlier in the week, games, competitions, prizes, cake………….

Careers Fairs – the blind date you need to be attending!

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I wonder what the person behind me on this train would say to me if they had 30 seconds to hold my attention? I’ve never met them before but I like to think I’m quite easy to get on with. My ability to remember random information about the most bizarre of topics should mean that i am confident we could at least hold a conversation beyond the simple nod of fellow commuter approval!

It just so happens that this guy is wearing my Football teams colours. The knowing nod turned into a question and answer session based on long suffering Sheffield Football opinions.

Consider this scenario. . .

Say I had booked this train well in advance knowing that the guy was going to be on there along with several others with a similar passion and enthusiasm for the same topic. Throw the team manager and a couple of the players on the first class carriage and all of a sudden we have everything needed in the confines of one train to truly make a difference and impact on what is essentially a profit making business.

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Do you work for an enthusiastic retail company and are you looking for enthusiastic team members to make a difference on the shop floor?

Do you work in construction and would your company benefit from being in a room of Building Surveying or Urban Planning students? We’re giving you access to top future talent with up to date and innovative thinking from within your industry. This could prove invaluable and give you that competitive edge in the market.

Are you an Engineer looking for Engineers? It’s the same principle. A recruitment fair is a blind date you can’t afford to miss.

Why, I can hear you thinking?

Number 1 – Its free of charge for you to access highly skilled, specialist students and graduates that will make a difference to the future of your business. The best thing is, they’re all under one roof! We spend so much time on smart phones in today’s society but is there really a better form of communication than face-to-face contact?

Number 2 – Students want to see YOU! The competitive labour market has given our students a desire to forge a career whilst they are still studying. There will be attendees who have the skills and specialisms that you’re looking for.

Number 3 – Brand Awareness! First impressions are everything. Your competitors won’t miss a trick, they will be there too. This is your opportunity to showcase your company and exactly what you are looking for and can offer. By the time our students graduate, they will be looking for opportunities to join companies who they are familiar with.

Number 4 – One size doesn’t necessarily fit all. We make our students aware well in advance that you are coming on campus. This means you have a chance to appeal to non-traditional applicants. What’s interesting to a Bio-Science student might not be what you initially think. Thinking outside the box is often a catalyst for positive change.

Number 5 – Give something back to those who could make a difference in your business. Utilise any alumni connections you have with our University and bring along an ex-Hallam graduate who is working for you. What better way to get your message across than it coming from someone who automatically has things in common with our students?

Get involved in our recruitment and careers fairs starting with the Work While You Study Part-Time Jobs Fairs on Wednesday 5th October . Employ our students in paid part-time roles to fit alongside their studies.

To attend please complete a booking form as an expression of interest, and our team will be in touch to discuss.

Wednesday 5th October 2016 – Work While You Study Fair – City Campus
Thursday 6th October 2016 – Work While You Study Fair – Collegiate Campus
Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Business & Finance – placement and graduate jobs fair
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – STEM – placement and graduate jobs fair
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Events, Tourism, Hospitality & Food – placement and graduate jobs fair
Thursday 10th November 2016 – The Natural and Built Environment Careers Fair

So, without further ado . . . Let the jobs, see the students!

Post written by James Beighton, Student Employment Co-ordinator at Sheffield Hallam University. For more of his musings, you can also connect with James on LinkedIn.

Law students inspirational day at court dinner

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Post by Level 5 Law student, Millie Broadbent.

The Lincoln’s Inn of Court Dinner was one of the most inspirational days I have had since beginning my degree. As a law student who is still unsure whether to go down the solicitor or barrister route, this day gave me the assurance that the bar is ‘hopefully’ my next step.
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The opportunity to speak to practising barristers and hear about their routes was a great chance to be able to learn about the differing choices before and after studying for the bar. The meal was of course fantastic and this gave us the opportunity to question the barristers on what it is really like in their profession. The building and the people you were able to chat to inspired me for the next steps into my career and gave me an insight into what my career could turn into.

 

Spring Careers Fair this Thursday!

This Thursday sees one of the big events of the year for Careers and Employment at SHU – the Graduate and Placements Careers Fair. This year, 53 employers will be attending, offering placements, graduate schemes and jobs and summer internships.

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Many of the employers attending are interested in students from any degree background, and so there will be opportunities for students from a wide range of courses.

The employers attending are:

  • Army Careers
  • Avis Budget Group
  • Baxter Storey
  • Bayford Group
  • Bright Futures Society
  • Campus Industries
  • Careers & Employment Support & Research & Innovation
  • CIMA- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • City Electrical Factors
  • Civil Service HR Fast Stream
  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Colas Rail
  • Cummins Ltd
  • Decathlon
  • Educate Teacher Training
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • FDM Group
  • Fischer’s Baslow Hall
  • Government Operational Research Service
  • Greencore Food to Go
  • Hambleton Hall Hotel and Restaurant
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • IBM UK Ltd
  • ICAEW
  • InternChina
  • Jacobs UK LTD
  • Kinspeed Limited
  • Learndirect
  • Morrisons
  • Network Rail
  • Parexel
  • Pendragon
  • Pricecheck Toiletries
  • PwC
  • Reading Rooms
  • Royal Mail
  • Sagar Wright
  • Sheffield Hallam – x 4 Internships
  • Sheffield Hallam Students Union – Enterprise
  • Specialised Canvas Services- Banner Box
  • Speedibake
  • Speedibake – Finance
  • Teach First
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • The Dearne Advanced Learning Centre
  • The Derby Conference Centre
  • The Keystone Group
  • Transport for London
  • Travis Perkins
  • Valspar
  • Yummy Jobs
  • RISE

You can meet the employers in both Hallam Hall and the Careers and Employability Centre, from 10.30 until 3pm.

It’s not too late!

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Charlotte Stanbridge is a placement rep in the Business School. Here she gives some encouraging advice to those of you still searching for a placement…

So the clock is ticking and an increasing number of your friends are gushing about the amazing placement they have recently secured… but if you take one piece of advice today, it’s:

 

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There are still hundreds of opportunities available to you. Don’t be disheartened that some of the larger organisations application deadlines have passed – there is a lot to be said for placements at smaller organisations. For a start, you often have a lot more exposure to other departments within the business, particularly useful in your early career when you are still deciding which role you best fit. Charities and social enterprises also offer fantastic placement opportunities, and although often the pay may be slightly less, the experience on offer is priceless.

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There are still upcoming events that can help you to refocus and energise your applications. The placement reps will be hosting an Advice Drop-In session, the ‘Pre-Placement Fair’ on Thursday 5 March in the Careers and Employability Centre (13:00 – 17:00). The afternoon will feature a range of advice; from how to apply, assessment centre spook-busting and general advice on what roles to choose and why a placement is so valuable. This is also handily a week before the Sheffield Hallam Spring Careers Fair on Thursday 12 March, so a great time to polish up your CV and make a good impression on employers attending. If you can’t make the event you can get in touch with placement reps, like myself, on LinkedIn and Facebook, just search ‘SBS Placement Reps’.

The Careers Centre is furthermore a great place to familiarise yourself with as they offer 1-1 support around applications and interview advice as well as hosting a variety of employer presentations for companies that perhaps you haven’t previously considered.

REFOCUS

Now is a perfect time to really think about the kind of employers and roles you are applying to. There is no point in sending out hundreds of generic CVs and cover letters as the chances are you won’t get very far. Really tailor your applications and express your enthusiasm to work for that particular company. Doing your research will really pay off here and impress employers. Getting that initial foot in the door is often the hardest part!
Wishing you all the best of luck with your applications!

 

Top tips from employers at today’s Careers Fair

Employers at today’s Business, Finance and Languages Fair took time out to pass on some top tips to any students thinking of applying to them. You will notice there are some common themes to what they said!

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